Sourav Ganguly VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar
(From left) Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar (AFP Photo)

The Cricket Advisory Committee [CAC] comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has reportedly turned down a request to conduct interviews of candidates applying for the post of head coach of India women’s cricket team.

According to Mumbai Mirror, the Committee of Administrators [CoA] had sent in a request to review the applicants but CAC wrote a letter addressed to Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji on Friday expressing their inability saying they don’t have enough information regarding the controversy that engulfed the women’s team after their semifinal exit from the 2018 ICC Women’s WorldT20 last month.

Veteran batter Mithali Raj had accused the then head coach Ramesh Powar of ignoring her during the tournament. However, Powar had alleged that Mitahli threw tantrums when she was asked to vacate the opener’s slot. The issue resulted in a blew into a big controversy with allegations flying thick and high from both the parties.

However, T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana have backed Powar.

Mithali wrote a scathing letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM Saba Karim, claiming that Powar humiliated her during the WT20 and she was left in tears after being axed.
As per another report, Powar did admit of his fractured relationship with the senior batter but said the decision to drop her from the semifinal fixture against England had nothing to do with their personal equation.

“He [Powar] maintained that it was due to poor strike rate that she was dropped against England and also because the team management wanted to maintain a winning combination,” a BCCI official told PTI.